- AFRICA: The newly-reelected Congolese president, Denis Sassou Nguesso, named former opposition leader Clement Mouamba as his prime minister.
- AMERICAS: Colombian health authorities reported a decline in new Zika cases.
- ASIA: The Indonesian Navy detained a Chinese-flagged fishing vessel wanted by Interpol for illegal fishing, illegal trade and slavery.
- EUROPE: In Germany, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Hanover’s Opera Square to protest a proposed trans-Atlantic trade deal between Europe and the United States.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, at least 14 people were killed and dozens more wounded in two suicide bomb attacks outside Baghdad.
- TECHNOLOGY: American officials say counterterror efforts against Boko Haram are hampered by the failure of West African countries to share intelligence.
- Immediate reactions to North Korea’s submarine-launched missile
- In response to the launch, the US State Department announced it is limiting the travel of North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong, who is currently in New York attending a UN meeting on sustainable development.
- US State Department spokesman John Kirby stated that the submarine-launch violates UN Security Council resolutions.
- France responded to the launch by calling on the European Union to adopt more sanctions against North Korea.
- Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong said his country will halt nuclear tests if the US suspends its annual military exercise with South Korea.
- South Korean Defense Ministry reported that North Korea had also deployed 300 additional rocket launchers along the border.
- Guardian, AFP, AP, Reuters, Yonhap, Xinhua
- Congo: The newly-reelected President Denis Sassou Nguesso named former opposition leader Clement Mouamba as his prime minister. (AFP)
- Equatorial Guinea: President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Africa’s longest-serving leader, is expected to win in the presidential election. (AFP)
- Sudan: In a referendum criticized by the US as flawed, Darfurian voters elected not to unite their five states into a single autonomous region. (AFP)
- Region: The leaders of Belize and Guatemala agreed to do whatever it takes to ease the tension between their countries following the shooting death of a Guatemalan teenager. (EFE)
- Colombia: Health authorities reported a decline in new Zika cases. (AFP)
- Venezuela: The country assumed the presidency of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). (XIN)
- Region: Three Chinese coast guard ships entered Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku/ Diaoyudao Islands in the East China Sea. (Kyodo)
- Indonesia: The Navy detained a Chinese-flagged fishing vessel wanted by Interpol for illegal fishing, illegal trade, and slavery. (DPA)
- Nepal: The country held memorial services in honor of the 9,000 people who were killed in a 7.8-magnitude earthquake one year ago. (AFP)
- Germany: Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Hanover’s Opera Square to protest a proposed trans-Atlantic trade deal between Europe and the United States. (NYT)
- Serbia: The country held a general election with candidates calling on voters to choose between deepening an alliance with Russia or with the Europe Union. (AFP)
- Turkey: A Dutch-Turkish journalist was arrested for tweets deemed critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)
- Iraq: At least 14 people were killed and dozens wounded in two suicide bomb attacks in Baghdad suburbs. (AP)
- Syria: President Obama said deploying US ground troops in Syria would not solve the country’s problems, and he does not believe that the Islamic State can be defeated before he leaves office. (BBC)
- Yemen: A drone strike, possibly carried out by the US and targeting Al-Qaeda militants, killed two people in Marib province. (XIN)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: American officials say counterterror efforts against Boko Haram are hampered by the failure of West African countries to share intelligence, sometimes within their own security services. (NYT)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 20P (Amos)
- Location: 30 NM NW of Pago Pago, American Samoa
- Wind: 80 mph
- Movement: SE at 8 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 19S (Fantala)
- Location: 524 NM NNW of Port Louis, Mauritius
- Wind: 57 mph
- Movement: WNW at 9 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 22APR: 51,783 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- Confirmed Cases: 2,475
- Deaths: 2
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 82 (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 22APR: 1,724 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
- Deaths as of 22APR: 623 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 21APR: Cabo Verde, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia, Bonaire (Netherlands), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haití, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Maldives, American Samoa, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Samoa, and Tonga.
- Outbreak Terminated as of 21APR: Gabon, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 21APR: United States of America, Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, and Portugal.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25APR)
- Global: World Malaria Day – 2001
- Australia: ANZAC Day – 1915
- Azerbaijan: 7th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (to 26APR)
- Egypt: Sinai Liberation Day – 1956
- Germany: Hannover Messe, world’s largest trade show for industrial technology in Messegelande; US President Barack Obama to attend
- Germany: US President Obama, French President Hollande, German Chancellor Merkel, British PM Cameron, and Italian PM Renzi to hold informal discussions about IS, migration, and Libya in Hannover
- Italy: Liberation Day – 1945
- Nepal: Anniversary of 7.8M earthquake that killed 9,100 – 2015
- Philippines: Deadline for ransom payment to Abu Sayyaf terrorist group for release of hostages
- Portugal: Liberation Day – 1974
- Russia: Uzbek President Islam Karimov to visit (to 26APR)
- Russia: Delegation of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to visit Moscow (to 28APR)
- Spain: King Felipe VI to meet party representatives in hopes of forming a government and avoiding new election (to 26APR)
- United States: Anniversary of outbreak of protests in Baltimore, Maryland following death of Freddie Gray in police custody – 2015